The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working to smooth out rough roadway on the U.S. 2 bridge located directly west of Sultan’s downtown area.
The bumps are not an intentional part of the project. According to WSDOT, the bumps were uncovered as the construction company, Lakeside Industries, ground down the old asphalt in preparation for repaving. Discovery of the bumps necessitated consult with bridge engineers before repaving move forward.
WSDOT chief inspectors are monitoring the situation as methods of smoothing the roadway have been implemented. Crews over night on Aug. 9 worked to ease the roughness in order to improve the flow of traffic. Drivers should have noticed improvement as of Thursday, Aug. 10, WSDOT said.
The bridge repaving portion of the project is now ready to move forward. It is anticipated that paving on the bridge will occur during the week of Sunday, Aug. 13 through Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.
The bridge repaving is part of the eight-mile resurfacing project by WSDOT that extends from milepost 21 just west of Fern Bluff Road in Sultan, to 10th Street in Gold Bar.
WSDOT communications officer Lisa Van Cise wants to thank drivers for their patience during the construction process. WSDOT understands that the backups are inconvenient, she said, and WSDOT is doing everything it can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.